Addiction is a complex and very serious disease. Those who are afflicted with addiction disorder aren’t the only ones who are affected; the loved ones of an addict are also affected by the disease.
If a family member or friend is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you know all too well how the way their behaviors and actions have affected you. Financial problems, distrust, legal issues, mental, emotional, and even physical abuse are just some of the negative effects that you may be experiencing as a result of your loved one’s addiction. However, while you might be feeling disdain toward your friend or family member, it’s important to be as supportive as possible. The more support you offer your loved one, the greater the chances are that he or she will seek the treatment that is needed to overcome this disease.
With that said, how do you go about talking to a loved one who is battling an addiction? Here are some helpful things that you can say and do, as well as some things that you should avoid.